Chemical peels have a bad reputation. Conjuring up thoughts of red raw skin, the treatment has television to thank for its dubious image — most famously Sex and the City‘s Samantha, whose facial gone wrong put many people off the skin treatment for good. (That, and the rather vivid word ‘peel’, which might not be doing it any favours…)

Fast-forward to 2021, though, and most dermatologists and facialists attribute their clientele’s smooth, glowing skin to chemical peels — and it’s fair to say that facials have come a very long way since the late ’90s.

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